CHICAGO (CBS) — A dangerous situation has developed at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and it has forced officials to close one of the beaches.
Chief Ranger Mike Bremer said the beach at Central Avenue, on the east side of Beverly Shores, has been closed indefinitely, because high waves last week washed away the sand, leaving an eight-foot drop-off, which has at its base some jagged pieces of an old road that used to run along the beach.
“We have been seeing the sand eroding over time for the past year. Erosion of the sand, in combination with rising lake levels, has given us the present situation,” he said.
Bremer said Lake Michigan is more than a foot higher than it was last year, and that has left most beaches at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at about half the size they were last year, due to “sand starvation.”